These sweethearts began their happily forever after last Friday, surrounded by loved ones and looking a picture of perfection. Courtney was glowing with happiness & simply beyond excited to get into that gorgeous dress of her's. Nikolai couldn't wipe the grin off his face all day - I know he was proud as punch to finally get to call Courtney his wife!
These two made their day uniquely their own, from Courtney surprising everyone with her wedding dress (not even her bridesmaids knew!), incorporating their love for cycling into the reception details, even Nikolai's enthusiasm for John Deere tractors making more than one appearance in the day haha!
Nikolai and Courtney have a beautiful love story, having met at an extracurricular club at the age of 14, they've been inseparable ever since. They're such a fun, friendly duo. We've been looking forward to their big day since the awesome evening we spent with them on the farm for their engagement session - these two are just a joy to photograph and we had a lot of laughs with their bridal party too! Here's my favourites from Nikolai & Courtney's stunning first day of marriage...
As always my morning is spent hanging out with the ladies, while Matt heads over to the guys. I know Courtney had been a bundle of nerves leading up to the wedding but by the time I saw her in the morning she was practically bouncing up and down in the makeup seat with excitement!
See what I mean about Courtney glowing with excitement?! She had been dreaming of this day for a long time...
Nikolai was very happy to see his bride!
And just like that they were husband and wife!
I've been making it a priority to try get a portrait of the parents at every wedding! It's a very special day for them too and I know a lot of thought and effort has gone into their outfit choices, plus what better occasion than this to get a photo together?!
While guests enjoyed their afternoon at the Croydon Lodge, the bridal party took off around town for portraits!
The whole bridal party looked incredible, but Courtney you stole the show - such a radiant, gorgeous bride as I knew you would be! That dress was just perfect and I know you loved every second of wearing it on your special day.
Courtney realised you can take the wedding out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy! Our next stop was the John Deere dealer for a couple of hilarious shots which made Nikolai even happier than he already was!
Our next stop was down by the river where we stopped for a picnic and some celebratory drinks!
Fun fact for you; I had a count up today while preparing this blog and I can confirm Nikolai and Courtney's wedding just happens to be our 100th wedding as photographers!!! That is just crazy to think, that we've been a part of 100 weddings - time sure flies when you're having fun! 🤩 And what a wedding to celebrate!
Back at the Croydon Lodge the reception room was looking beautiful with all Nikolai and Courtney's special touches...
The speeches were heartfelt and there were many laughs!
Courtney's sister, Kaitlyn, sang for the newlyweds - belting out Simply the Best, before the dance floor opened for the evening of celebration.
Congratulations again friends! We are so grateful to have you trust us with capturing your beautiful day and we've loved getting to know you both along this journey.
I hope you love the blog! There are so many more photos coming your way soon & then I cannot wait to chat wedding albums with you both soon too.xx
DRESS: Brides by Donna Rae | HAIR & MAKE-UP: Caroline (Demure Hair Design) | SUITS: Hallensteins | FLOWERS: Rebecca Solomon & Lorna Argyle | CELEBRANT: Beverley Knapp | VENUE: Croydon Heartland Hotel | CAKE: Thelma Williams & Lorna Argyle | DECOR: Lorna Argyle | MUSIC: Hayley Stevenson.